The increased car accident fatality rate continues to be led by rural accidents, such as the one at the intersection of Rts. 37 and 257 west of Delaware, north of Columbus last night. The accident killed one and sent five others to the hospital. The accident occurred when the driver of a car heading north failed to stop at the sign on Rt. 257 and struck a pickup truck on Rt. 37. The car was carrying two adults, including the driver, and three children. No one in the car was wearing a seat belt. The car’s front seat passenger died after being transported to Grant Medical Center in Columbus. The children were taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Two had been released, but the youngest remained in the hospital, in good condition, as of this afternoon. There was no information about the condition of the pickup truck driver, who was wearing her safety belt.

At this time, there seems no other explanation for the accident than driver error. The intersection has good visibility, and the weather was good. Fatal car accidents are far more common on rural roads and intersections, where drivers are often traveling too fast for the road or the conditions because there is no traffic to slow them.

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